Chris has been involved in producing, engineering, writing and playing music since the 1970s. His collaborations have sold more than 100 million records world-wide over the last 30 years.
Chris started his musical career as a guitarist for well-known Memphis artists Rufus Thomas, Ann Peebles, Jean Knight and King Floyd. He then signed a major deal as an artist with Tony Visconti’s Good Earth Records. His career has since expanded to include the production, engineering and mixing of many UK and international hits.
Richard Maxwell has over 30 years of major market experience in all areas of the broadcast industry including programming, creative, production, new media and news. Many of those years were spent at 1050 CHUM and CHUM FM in Toronto.
As a writer and performer, Richard has won dozens of awards for creative excellence, including International Broadcasting Awards, Crystal Awards, several gold medals and three Grand Awards at the New York Festivals.
He has been the commercial voice for many clients including Reebok, KFC, Tucker's Marketplace, Centerville, Sheraton Hotels, Mountain Dew, Kawasaki and others. Richard has also been the imaging voice for several radio stations in the U.S. and Canada and can currently be heard imaging Laugh Attack and NHL Home Ice on XM Satellite Radio.
In addition to his voice work, Richard has also been responsible for the creation of many television ad campaigns and co-wrote, directed and produced a one-hour television documentary, "We Built This City," which covered the history of 1050 CHUM. He has also collaborated with Bob Magee on several screenplays, including an adaptation of Jerry Amernic's "Gift of The Bambino" for Henry Less Productions.
Production, Engineering and Technology Wizard
Iain J. Grant is a Canadian broadcaster formerly director of broadcast operations for XM Radio Canada, Executive Producer at NewsTalk 1010 CFRB and Program Director at Mojo Radio in Toronto.
Prior to joining XM Canada, he was host of Early Edition on Toronto's news/talk radio station CFRB. Grant was also instrumental in launching Canada's first all-male targeted radio station, Mojo Radio as program director, and associate producer and technical producer for Discover Your World, an internationally syndicated TV travel show produced by Sam-Sher Productions in Toronto. As host of Those Old Radio Shows, he also broadcast old_time_radio programming, 2 hours a night, 7 nights a week while program director for Talk 640 in Toronto.
He joined XM Satellite Radio in June_2005. Prior to that he has held positions as program director for CFMJ and CFYI, and executive producer at CFRB. Grant returned to CFRB in 2008.
Grant is currently hosting various shows on NewsTalk 1010 and acting as a Radio/TV broadcast engineer, and broadcast operations consultant for various leading companies across North America.
Rita Cugini is a media professional and consultant with more than 30 years executive expertise in regulatory affairs, government relations, business development, adjudication, mediation and communications. Rita is well-regarded as a results-focused strategist and team player.
In 2012 Rita started RC Consulting providing regulatory advice and strategic planning to government, television and radio broadcasters in Canada.
Prior to 2012, Rita served as the CRTC's Ontario Regional Commissioner from 2005 to 2012. During her time at the CRTC, Rita was responsible for ensuring that decisions made by the CRTC upheld the tenets of Canada's Broadcasting and Telecommunications Acts. During her time at the Commission, Rita was charged with effectively representing the goals and mission of the CRTC at various stakeholder events throughout Ontario, Canada and internationally as well.
Prior to 2005 Rita enjoyed a 22 year old career in the private sector where she held various senior management positions in both ethnic and mainstream media including CFMT-TV and Alliance Atlantis (now Shaw Media).
During her time at Alliance Atlantis, Rita served as Chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Joint Societal Issues Committee, Chair of the CAB Persons with Disabilities Action Plan and Committee Member of the Task Force for Diversity on Television and the Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Representation
Principal/ Creative Director / Media Director
Extensive experience with the development of marketing strategies and the writing and production of broadcast, print and web creative for a variety of clients including Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Tucker’s Marketplace Restaurants, Wild Water Kingdom, XM Satellite Radio, the City of Toronto, Centreville Amusement Park, TicketOps, Joe Senser’s Sports Theatres, SHORE Media Group, Burger King, Labatt, RadioShack, Quicken Software, Guinness , Maple Leaf Foods, Lipton, Tribute Homes, DRRI (consortium of all major broadcasters, private and public in Canada), Mondetta Telecommunications, Toronto Blue Jays, bid.com, Nu-Life Vitamins, Cottage Life, United Steelworkers, Family Farm Tribute and Mirvish Productions.
Managed the media analysis/planning/consumer research and/or buying & promotions for a wide variety of clients including Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Tucker’s Marketplace Restaurants, Wild Water Kingdom, Joe Senser’s Sport Theatres, the City of Toronto, XM Satellite Radio, Centreville Amusement Park, Labatt Breweries, SHORE Media Group, Quicken Software, Burger King, D.R.R.I., Maple Leaf Foods, Mondetta Telecommunications, CanWest Global, Family Farm Tribute and Tribute Homes.
Broadcast programming consultant and consultant on numerous successful CRTC broadcast license applications.
Extensive experience with the production of radio features, promos and syndicated programming.
Consultant on all aspects of the music industry in Canada including work with a variety of major recording artists. Works a writer and producer with many of these artists.
Columnist/analyst for a number of publications including Broadcaster (as contributing editor), Marketing, Strategy, FYI, Media in Canada and daily newspapers. Numerous appearances on radio/television and as a speaker at industry conferences.
Served as Vice-Chair of the BBM Radio Executive and Chair of the BBM Survey Measurement Committee.
Served as Chair of the BBM Survey Task Force that initiated the ground breaking product usage/psychographic radio measurement methodologies (single source diary data/RTS) currently used in Canada.
Chaired the Digital Radio Programming Committee in Canada (working with P.D.s of public and private broadcasters including CBC, Corus, Rogers, CHUM, Standard, Astral)
Served on the BBM PPM Committee for both Toronto and Vancouver.
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